“Absence makes the heart grow fonder” is a damn understatement when it comes to an expat who has been deprived of something they truly love but can only be found in their home country. There are just some things you get used to and love that you start to go psycho for when you can’t have them for a long time.
Jorgo missed caviar, brown cheese, and milk from Norway so much that he left in a flurry only to be found in the nearest grocery store in Oslo smashing his mustache into said delicacies; Layal misses Dr Bronner’s lavender castille soap and Korean BBQ. I miss a whole lot of things: Marshall’s, Sriracha, limes, Thai food. And one of the things I’ve written about that I really miss is good beer. Sure Almaza is just fine; However, I really really really love Belgian White beers, namely, Blue Moon.
Even Matias, who had never heard of Blue Moon, knew to order it for me in any establishment we entered as we toured America. The delicious, crisp, refreshing cilantro-floral taste of this beer paired with a slice (or a squeeze!) of fresh orange tickles me to the core. Despite the fact that it’s a cool $8 for a six-pack my mom is willing to keep a stock of it in the fridge when I’m home, and my brother who brews beer always whips up a similar Belgian-style keg for my guzzling pleasure. Wow, my family is amazing I should go visit them soon…
In any case, I was violently slapped out of my romantic longing for Blue Moon when I read an article from Salon.com entitled “Don’t Buy Blue Moon.” Needless to say the title tells all and the text shed some light on the company MillerCoors, who is in fact not a microbrewery, and worse, run by some pretty unworthy characters, Joe and Pete Coors, whose ideologies conflict with mine.
These guys Joe and Pete are diligently working to limit women’s rights. According to the article, Pete ran for Senate in 2004 “Touting his antiabortion stance. And to prove to voters how passionate he was about limiting women’s rights, he committed to changing the Coors Co. health plans so that abortion coverage would be removed. Pete also funneled money into groups like the Independent Women’s Foundation, an organization ‘so extreme,’ that as Salon reported back in 2004, ‘its leaders opposed the landmark Violence Against Women Act, complaining that such federal protections encourage women to ‘distrust’ men.’
And his brother Joe, as the article states, “Was a financial backer of the “personhood” campaign in 2010, which would have banned almost all abortions, even in cases of incest and rape. ProgressNow Colorado even likened Joe to Todd “legitimate rape” Akin.’
The article begins shaming Blue Moon because it is not a true craft beer, and for that I wasn’t convinced, until they also elucidate what craft brews generally entail: “Many have a deep commitment to their employees, their communities and the environment, members of the Coors family have been accused of fighting against the interests of their own workers,women, minorities and the environment for decades.”
Giving up one of my favorite beers is going to be hard, I cringe to think about it now.But I feel like it’s the least I can do for taking a part in advancing women’s equality and autonomy and refusing to support those who actively fight against it. In the end it’s safe to assume most giant company owners are pretty evil to the core (hey, it happens to tons of people in power, right?) and it’s really hard to investigate every establishment whose products you are using. But now that I know about this one, I’m confident to say I am done with it.
It is with a heavy heart and a sad, thirsty tongue that I bid farewell to my former love, Blue Moon.
Now! Who knows of other awesome and delicious Belgian White craft brews out there?! I know we have one in Lebanon which I really do enjoy: 961’s Witbier. What else!
And here’s an article I wrote on HOW TO BREW YOUR OWN BEER!
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